A new technological development coming out of Israel could prove important for distracted driving accidents in the United States. It is also paving the way for new legal precedents and concerns over privacy with regard to drivers. What would you do if you were involved in an accident and a police officer could tell that the other driver was using his or her mobile device just before the accident happened? That’s a gray area that may soon be addressed with a new piece of technology known as a textalyzer.
The technology allows law enforcement officers to determine whether or not somebody was using their cellphone in the moments just prior to an accident’s occurrence. Although currently the system does not allow anyone else to view the photos, data or messages attached to the phone, the proposed bill in New York is already raising questions about whether or not a textalyzer violates privacy rights anyways. If the bill is approved, it would allow law enforcement agents to test the field and determine whether or not texting and driving contributed to an accident caused immediately after the accident has occurred.
This could raise many other questions associated with distracted driving and may help some drivers realize the contributory causes of their accidents immediately after the accident happens. If you believe that you have been a victim of a texting and driving incident on the road where you have sustained injuries, you need to get medical attention as soon as possible. You may also want to consider collecting any evidence that supports your claim. Even without a textalzyer, there may be other indicators that a driver was distracted prior to the accident and this could be important for your claim. There’s no doubt that figuring out what’s next after an accident is a serious matter, but getting the help you need in terms of medical attention should be a first priority.
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